When you are a student, you always need some extra money. Trust me, I was there and I know how it feels. I was a student for 4 years at the University of the Free State while studying a bachelors degree. It is not only the class fees that you have to cover, but also all the study materials and stuff that you have to buy for practicals.
I did not even include the rent and food that you have to buy to survive, with the small leisures that you need as a human being. I always did waitering jobs part time which paid less than minimum wage and I always had to spend my vacations working. I did not always have the luxury to live from my parent’s income and while my friends are on holiday, I had to work. There was one thing that I did not try and that was student part time jobs online.
How the internet can help you as a student
Almost every university has a computer lab where you have access to free internet, so why not use it. I started to use the internet during my last year of studying and I failed terribly. Luckily I got a loan to finish my last year of university and started my journey for a second time this year after I graduated.
The fun thing about the internet is that you can work anytime you want and the world is at your fingertips and I wish I realized it during my first year. You can work on the internet after you finished your classes, early in the morning or any time that suits you. Let me start with some of the things you can do to earn extra money or even start your own business. The owners of Google did, why can’t you?
1) Forex trading
This is one of the ways that you can make money, but I must warn you. If you do not know what you are doing you are going to lose more money than you make. Forex trading is where you invest or buy options on the Forex platform.
with Forex you speculate with currencies and shares. Let’s say you buy a 50 pound call in dollars (a call is when you buy into something) when the currency of the dollar is strong against the pound. If the dollar gets weaker against the pound, your 50 pound “call” will increase in value as you will get more dollars per pound, but if it gets stronger you lose money.
Or you can buy a 50 pound “put” (put is another word for sell). If the dollar gets stronger, you will make money. It can be very complicated, but to make it easily digestible you need to know if the value will increase or decrease. If your guess is right, you make money. Forex trading is very risky, but if you know how the economy works, you can give it a try.
2) Use your skills at Fiverr
Fiverr is a place where skilled people and potential customers meet. If you can do freelance writing, design logos, web design or even play music, you can have a job at Fiverr. This might help a student who is studying music, graphic design or web programming.
The way this works is by creating your profile and adding your skills set on the profile you create. Potential customers will then browse through Fiverr and if they land on your profile, you have a chance to make money.
3) Filling out online surveys
This is probably one of the easiest ways to make quick money online without any skill set. All you do is answering a couple of question on surveys and get paid for it. Most people make an extra $200 – $500 per month if they really invest their time into it. The money you make can become in handy if you are a bit broke.
The only problem with online surveys is that very few people are able to quit their job just by doing surveys. Online surveys are not a get rich quick scheme as so many people say. You can read my paid online surveys post for more information or if you want to go to a platform where I will show you step by step on what surveys to join and what to do, you can join my free training below.
Reviews on survey panels
4) Affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing is one of my favourite methods to earn money online. It requires that you sell products from companies such as Amazon to earn a commission. You need to be able to build a website, drive customers to it and sell products. If you get to sell a product, you can earn a commission from 4%-50% depending on the company and type of product.
With this type of business model you can create a long term income and the great part is that you do not make the money because your website makes it for you. The bigger your website, the more exposure you will get which will increase your chances of earning more money.
When people hear that you have to build a website, they get very negative. Building a website online via WordPress is actually very easy to do. You do not need all the knowledge on html coding. I know a little bit about coding and just look at what I did with this website.
So many people are able to quit their jobs with affiliate marketing. The only negative thing of it is when you start with affiliate marketing within your first year in university, you might make more than your lecturers during your second year and you may not even want to continue with your degree. Don’t say I didn’t warn you LOL
I really have scratched the surface of what you can do to earn money online as a student. I gave you some of the most popular ways to earn money online. If you have any ideas on how you are making money online or if you know of a way a method I have missed you can drop me a line below 🙂